Pay Up: Free Parking Eliminated at 8 More Vegas Casinos!

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Caesar's Entertainment Paid Parking Vegas

Caesar’s Entertainment Paid Parking Vegas

It seems like just yesterday when MGM Resorts International announced the elimination of free parking at their hotels/casinos in Las Vegas. Sure, many people were and still are upset about the change, but for the most part the market seems to have accepted it. So what does that mean? Others will follow suit.

Caesar’s Entertainment has now announced the implementation of paid valet parking at 8 of their 9 properties in Las Vegas with paid self parking to come in 2017. Here is what they have to say:

As the demand on parking facilities in Las Vegas continues to grow, Caesars Entertainment is dedicated to ensuring our hotel guests, local residents and Total Rewards® loyalty members have accessible and safe parking.

Starting late December 2016, Caesars Entertainment will charge valet parking fees at select Las Vegas hotels. In the first half of 2017, select Las Vegas hotels will also begin charging for self-parking. This change is based on developments in the Las Vegas market and is consistent with Caesars Entertainment properties in other cities. Valet fees vary by hotel and length of stay.

New Valet Fees

Paid valet parking will begin on December 19, 2016. The fees will be as follows:

  • Caesar’s, Cromwell, Paris, Planet Hollywood & Bally’s
    • Up to 4 hours – $13
    • 4 to 24 hours – $18
    • Over 24 hours – $18 for each additional day or fraction thereof
  • Flamingo, Harrah’s, The Linq
    • Up to 4 hours – $8
    • 4 to 24 hours – $13
    • Over 24 hours – $13 for each additional day or fraction thereof

Valet parking will remain free at the company’s only off Strip property The Rio.

Caesar's Entertainment Paid Parking Vegas

Who Gets Free Parking

Valet parking is complimentary for Total Rewards Platinum members and above. I did see one mention that locals will be free on a local news website, but I didn’t see that on the Caesar’s website. I will have to get more clarification.

You can see the fees, frequently asked questions and more on the Caesar’s website.

Analysis

This isn’t a surprise coming from the company that formed an entire advertising campaign around having no resort fees only to reverse course after they saw how successful those fees were for their competition. With MGM and now Caesar’s both charging for parking it is just a matter of time before the other casinos follow suit. The days of free parking in Vegas are over.

Between the astronomical resort fees (sometimes as high as $40) and now paid parking, Vegas is anything but cheap. The question is how many fees the market can take before the casinos start to see an overall slowdown in spending. On the other hand I guess my Total Rewards Diamond status just got a little more valuable.

What are your thoughts? Have the Vegas casinos gone too far? Is this just good business? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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11 COMMENTS

  1. I would think they would make it free for locals…I would think this would just drive locals to the smaller off strip casinos (which I assume they frequent more anyway). I can see doing it for out of town people though…self parking should be included with a room rental…I have no problem with them charging for Valet though.

  2. I don’t like paid parking and I don’t think hotel guest should pay at all. I also don’t think they should pay resort fees though.
    I guess I would be OK with a token fee but $13 to $18 a day seems really high. How about $1 an hour and $5 a day or something normal. It’s not like they aren’t making money.
    So imagine this. I get a good deal and pay like $100 for a hotel room. I arrive and find that there is the standard local “room occupancy tax” which is about 12% in LV. Then the hotel wants me to pay say $30 for a resort fee (not sure if they tax on that amount or just the room rate). Then they want $18 to park for a day. So I’m up to $160 for my $100 room. Then they want me to go lose money in the casino and pay for food, see a show, etc.
    I’ll pass. I can still stay off strip and take a shuttle if I really want to visit I guess.

  3. It was only a matter of time. You’re right, it wasn’t too long ago that Caesar’s built an entire marketing campaign around no resort fees. Unless casinos notice a drop in revenue AND can directly correlate it to these fees, ancillary fees are here to stay.

  4. Any idea what this may mean for SPG Platinum members (as there is that partnership that grants SPG members “VIP Access”)?

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